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Tbilisi City Hall allocates GEL2 million to assist the electronic music industry

By Khatia Bzhalava
Thursday, March 11
Tbilisi City hall will assist the electronic music and club culture sector affected by the pandemic. Per the decision of Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, GEL2 million will be allocated to 500 employees of electronic music venues and more than 50 club organizations.

Kaladze stated yesterday at the government meeting that the pandemic had affected all sectors of the economy, including electronic music and club culture, one of the most prominent areas of the culture and creative industries. As Kaladze said, this was the very first industry that was shut down due to the pandemic and has not been functioning for a year. According to him, this is a serious problem as there are many people employed in this field who now require support. “This is an area that has made our capital Europe and the world-famous, has attracted many tourists, and has made a significant contribution to the economic and cultural development of the country,” stated the mayor.

According to Kaladze, the state will provide help to every person employed in this sector. This specific financial aid package will primarily support musicians, artists, and technical staff. Within the framework of the night economy project, which has already been presented to the field workers, lease funds will be fully or partially supported for electronic music spaces, and legal entities involved in the field will be supported in terms of utility bills. Also, considering the epidemiological situation, works will be carried out to ensure the safe opening of the sector for Summer. The mayor expressed hope that along with the vaccination and stabilization of the epidemiological situation, the electronic music and club culture sector will revive as well.

At the government meeting yesterday, the city mayor also mentioned the student support program, which assists successful socially vulnerable students. According to the Kaladze, within the program, tuition fees will be funded for more than 2,000 students.